Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predaking Toy Review

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The Basics:

  • For ages 5 and up
  • Level 2 complexity
  • Possible choking hazards

Geek Skills:

  • Active Listening & Communication
  • Hand/Eye Coordination & Dexterity
  • Cooperative & Team Play
  • Imagination

Learning Curve

  • Child – Moderate
  • Adult – Easy

Theme & Narrative:

  • The newest Decepticon Transformer member is a real beast!

Endorsements:

  • Gamer Geek not applicable
  • Parent Geek approved!
  • Child Geek approved!

Overview

Thought to be extinct and nothing more than Cybertronian legend, the Decepticons have found fossil remains of dragons! Using their technology, they have secured enough fragments to clone the mythical beasts and enlist them into the Decepticon ranks. Now Optimus Prime and his brave Autobots must not only fight the Decepticons, but a living nightmare, as well! The Autobots will never sleep again once Predaking arrives!

Predaking, a 2013 Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Voyager Class release, is comprised of 1 large robot that has two forms – a Robot and Dragon form. Included are three weapons. The first is a tail sword that can be held in the hands of Predaking when in Robot form and becomes the tip of the tail in Dragon form. The second are twin Hydrafire Blasters that resemble two smaller dragon heads that shoot a spring-loaded missile. In Robot form, the Hydrafire Blaster can be held, one in each hand. In Dragon form, the Hydrafire Blasters attach to the left and right shoulders to create a 3-headed dragon. Also included (with the instructions) is a portion of an ongoing story that can be completed by purchasing all of the Transformers in the series. As Transformers go, the toy is fairly solid with very few removable parts.

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Predaking in Dragon form with Hydrafire Blasters mounted to the shoulders

What’s Old Is New Again….and Revamped

This is not the first time Transformer fans have seen Predaking. Originally introduced as part of Generation 1 (G1 – 1986, reissued 2004), Predaking was a the name of the larger Transformer created by combining the Predacons Divebomb, Headstrong, Rampage, Tantrum, and Razorclaw. Since Predaking was only playable as 5 different Transformers combined, it was rare to see it (only the luckiest of children had all 5 Predacons) and fragile to play with. Heavy, too. A very cool Transformer that took time to build and great care to play with. While the name Predaking disappears in the Transformers timeline, the Predacon faction continued to make appearances.

The original Predaking!

The original Predaking!

This newest version shares very little in common with its predecessor other than the name and affiliation. Everything else has been revamped. This has been mostly done to support the Transformers Prime Beast Hunters storyline. Now Predaking is a single Transformer instead of the results of snapping 5 smaller Transformers together.

The new and improved, not to mention a lot cooler, Predaking

The new and improved, not to mention a lot cooler, Predaking!

Complexity by Design

Overall, Predaking is not one of the more complex Transformers to change. The instructions remain as confusing as ever, however, and I yearn for the days of my youth when I could transform these toys with little issue. Once you get through the instructions and transform it a few times, it becomes very obvious what needs to happen. What will throw off some folks is the Robot form’s legs that rotated and then twist around to form the Dragon form’s back legs. The directions are a bit unclear about how they fit together, but through trial and error, even my 5-year-old figured it out.

My wife has no idea how to do it and refuses to learn.

Supporting Cast?

Predaking is the leader of the Predacons, a Decepticon faction. The Predacon origin starts in a lab where the Decepticon Shockwave cloned the fossilized remains of Cybertronian dragons. The first to be successfully cloned was named Predaking. At the time of this review, I know of another 5 Predacons to be released. This means Predaking will have some loyal followers and not be a faction of one. If the new Predacon Transformers are anything like Predaking, they should very interesting toys indeed.

Final Word

Are you kidding me? It’s a Transformer AND a dragon! It’s a dragon Transformer! The only way this toy could be more popular is if it was made of chocolate. And popular it was. My little geeks about trampled me when I presented it to them. After each of my little geeks (ages 8, 5, and 3) had a chance to play with the Transformer, it was unclear which form was the most popular. Clearly, the Dragon form was well-loved, but I kept seeing them transform it into Robot form, and back again. When I asked them why, they gave me the following responses:

I don’t know. It looks really cool in both forms so I just keep transforming him.” ~ Liam (age 8)

When he’s a dragon, he can shoot fire but can’t talk. So when he needs to talk, he transforms into a guy.” ~ Nyhus (age 5)

My 3-year-old mumbled something about “Kung-fu” and “don’t bother me right now – I’m playing.

My little geeks surround the box like lions surround a fresh kill...

My little geeks surround the toy box like lions surround a fresh kill…

Clearly, Predaking is a winner in my house. My 3-year-old cannot transformer it yet (see our review for Playskool Heroes Transformers Rescue Bots Toys for an easier Transformer for this age group), but his older brothers can. After being in my house for 2 weeks, Predaking is still starting fights (we only have one to share with three little geeks). That’s a sure sign that it’s still a “going concern”. As a fantasy and science fiction lover, not to mention a huge Transformer fan, I am very pleased with the toy. It looks great and is durable.

It’s nice to take a break from card, dice, and board games and just sit on the floor with my little geeks to act out epic Transformer wars on the carpet. Being part of their imaginative stories is a blast. Putting Predaking into the mix was a very simple task and enjoyable for everyone.

Once they stopped fighting over him…

This toy was given to Father Geek as a review copy. Father Geek was not paid, bribed, wined, dined, or threatened in vain hopes of influencing this review. Such is the statuesque and legendary integrity of Father Geek.

About Cyrus

Editor in Chief, Owner/Operator, Board Game Fanatic, Father of Three, and Nice Guy, Cyrus has always enjoyed board, card, miniature, role playing, and video games, but didn't get back into the hobby seriously until early 2000. Once he did, however, he was hooked. He now plays board games with anyone and everyone he can, but enjoys playing with his children and wife the most. Video games continue to be of real interest, but not as much as dice and little miniatures. As he carefully navigates the ins and outs of parenting, he does his very best to bestow what wisdom he has and help nurture his children's young minds. It is his hope and ambition to raise three strong, honorable men who will one day go on to do great things and buy their Mom and Dad a lobster dinner Cyrus goes by the handle fathergeek on Board Game Geek. You can also check him out on CyrusKirby.com. Yes, he has a URL that is his name. His ego knows no bounds, apparently....
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3 Responses to Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predaking Toy Review

  1. Peter Schott says:

    Brings back memories. Came across the original Predaking when digging through some old toys – still in remarkably good condition, too.

    • Cyrus says:

      What? How?!

      Every G1 Predacon I’ve come across since my childhood is either behind glass or missing several parts. Like legs and heads.

      Gads, we were rough on our toys as kids…

    • Peter Schott says:

      I think I was just late in getting it. It got quite a bit of use, but I tried to be careful with my toys, especially a set like that where the overall cost was > $50. I still have that dinosaur/city Decepticon and the Autobot city/fortress (Metroplex?) up in an attic up North as well. No idea what happened to my original Optimus Prime or Megatron, though. Those mini cassettes got some heavy play time this past Christmas – the kids had no idea what they were. 🙂

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